• NatGeo Theater Gives Meeting Planners an Entirely New Atmosphere for Events

    An Ocean of Possibilites

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

Located in the heart of Times Square, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, an experiential venue, is an exciting new venue in New York City. Created by Academy Award-, Grammyand Emmy-winning designers, the space offers an immersive undersea experience for guests, including interactions with on-screen sea otters, humpback whales and great white sharks. Guests can even pledge not to use plastic water bottles in order to keep the oceans clean. The space was designed to foster interaction with guests and an interactive cocktail reception can hold up to 600 guests, with seated dinners for smaller groups. 

“The technology behind it is really phenomenal. It really is an extremely high-tech space,” says Karen Shackman, president of Shackman Associates New York, the venue’s preferred event planning company. Her favorite parts of the space include interacting with the sea otters and walking through an “undersea water heaven.” The venue also boasts a prime location. “In New York City, location is so important and there’s nothing else like it in the area,” she adds. 

MPI Greater New York held its 32nd Annual Auction & Mixology Madness on Nov. 7, 2017. The event was held at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square. Despite the downpour, crowds came out to sip and sample from seven vendors competing for the best cocktail as well as bid on a wide variety of silent auction items ranging from gift baskets to hotel stays. Northeast Meetings + Events was a competitor and featured a cocktail blending apple cider, vodka and Fireball for a fiery kick.